Black Catholic Ministries

Ellen Jones

Volunteer Coordinator for the Office of Black Catholic Ministry 

Department of Discipleship and Family Life  


Diocese of Toledo

1933 Spielbusch
Toledo, OH 43604-5360



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The Office of Black Catholic Ministries assists parishes and deaneries in the area of African-American catechesis and Black Catholic celebrations and retreats; provides workshops on diversity and inclusion, racism and prejudice; facilitates diocesan Black Catholic events and promotes the National Black Catholic Congress.

Mission: The mission of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries is to celebrate the richness of our diverse gifts within the Body of Christ, promoting ongoing evangelization efforts, leadership formation and cultural awareness in addressing the diverse needs of the African American community.

Save the Date!

"You Are My Witnesses"

Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference

Louisville, Kentucky

June 9-12, 2016

Life Giving, Energizing and Enriching Workshops All Focusing On African American Outreach and Evangelization

The George Findley Ministry Institute provides a professional tract that will enhance your skills in the areas of Youth Ministry, Catechesis, Young Adult Ministry and Developing Evangelization Teams. CEUs may be earned if approved by your diocese.

Sponsored by the Archdioceses of Indianapolis, Louisville, Detroit and Miami and the Dioceses of Cleveland, Columbus,  Jackson, Lexington, Richmond and Toledo.

Thursday, June 9, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration $100.00

Friday, June 9-12, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Early Bird Registration
$155.00 - by April 30, 2016
After April 30, 2016 - $180.00

Includes: 2 Meals, T-Shirt, Family Reunion,
NAACYMN activity, Explosive Workshops

140 N. 4th St., Louisville, KY
(502) 589-5200

502-636-0296 ext. 1225

Third African National Eucharistic Congress
August 5-7, 2016

Pre ACCCRUS Convention for Clergy and Religious
August 3-5, 2016

Catholic University of America Pryzbyla UniversityCenter
620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20064

More Information

Denied acceptance by every seminary in the country, America’s first black priest had to travel to Rome to answer God’s call.

I had never heard of Father Augustus Tolton until I took a course in black Catholic history at Xavier University in New Orleans. I did not know that he had ministered in Chicago (where I was from) nor of the many difficulties he had encountered as he had struggled to “answer the call” to become a Catholic priest in the United States in the late 19th century.

Tolton is known as the first American priest of African descent who identified as black (three brothers—James, Patrick, and Alexander Healy—were ordained earlier, but they identified and “passed” as white). In 2010 the Archdiocese of Chicago officially opened the process of canonization for Tolton.

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